Maybe it’s my recent head injury, maybe it’s my growing impatience for ignorance, or maybe it’s just time I said something. Who knows, but I’m curious about something: Why is choosing to LOVE so difficult???
I watched the movie Selma recently and it struck a chord with me. I cannot fathom being a part of that movement and what it must have felt like.
I believe I have rooted out any prejudice that may have lingered from my ignorant immaturity. Yes it’s true that racism is not born into someone but rather taught. Children who are young enough not to see in color love unconditionally until the day they are taught to love sparingly.
Besides racism, we all have an Us vs Them mentality. We compartmentalize and label ourselves and everyone around us. We are emphatically tribal. We love those who are in our group, who think like we do and then we hate those who are different than us. Sure, hate may be a strong word, how about this: We withhold love from those who are different, those who are outside of our tribe.
The Golden Rule can be found in every single religious book. Treat others the way you want to be treated. But somehow we forget that along the way. Many people that read Matthew 7:12 and consider themselves Christian still feel justified in treating people poorly. There is no asterisk below that verse. There is no Black, White, Gay, Straight, Democrat, Republican, Christian, Muslim, American, Japanese. The Golden Rule is plain and simple: Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Whatever excuse you have for not choosing to love is a poor one. It may cause you some discomfort at first. You may be going against your parents. You may have to question long-held beliefs you have grasped far too long.
The answer is inside yourself. LOVE!
Start with those in your family. LOVE!
Move to those outside your family. LOVE!
Look at those in your community. LOVE!
How about those across the country? LOVE!
Different political views? LOVE!
Different ethnicity? LOVE!
Different sexual orientation? LOVE!
Consider those overseas. LOVE!
In what ways can you open your heart? It really truly does come down to choosing. Do you disagree?
I choose LOVE!